When Men Without Hats released their song ‘Safety Dance’ in 1982, I can imagine that a shudder of horror ran through everyone involved in the construction industry. How many times had it be emphasised through occupational health and safety regulations that we need to wear hard hats on a construction site. The so called ‘safety dance’ was undoing decades of hard work. Won’t somebody please think of the children!
Thankfully, all was not lost. Today, safety in the workplace is one of the most talked about issues in the construction industry. It’s especially common around this time of year. That’s because it’s one of our favourite weeks – Safety Week! Even though it’s mainly observed in the US, it’s something that we feel is a great starter for conversation about safety procedures in our Australian workplaces. As a loss adjusting company specialising in claims relating to construction and engineering, we have to tick all the safety boxes while visiting a site or investigating a claim. This includes wearing appropriate clothing and footwear and following all safety procedures on the site.
On behalf of Safety Week, Zurich Insurance has put together some information on one particular workplace danger – ladders. Here’s what you need to know:
- According to OSHA, in the past ten years statistics show a 50% increase in ladder-related injuries*
- Incidents commonly occur as a result of climbing the ladder with tools, or working from an unstable position on the ladder.
- You shouldn’t climb a ladder if you feel dizzy or tired.
- You should always wear clean, slip-resistant shoes while climbing a ladder.
Of course, these are just the basics for ladder safety. There’s plenty more detailed information available on the Zurich Insurance website. One rung at a time and you’ll be climbing the ladder to success.
*OSHA US DOL statements 2016
Words by Skye Jamieson